Caught on Melidoni athlete Mutko told about the reason for his ban

World anti-doping Agency (WADA) included Meldonium in the list of banned drugs because of its popularity among athletes of the CIS countries. This statement was made by Russian striker Pavel Kulikov, in an open letter to the Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, reports “R-Sport”.

“Came for the doping test of Latvian doping officer, representing the British anti-doping Agency, told me that in recent time we found many cases of use of Meldonium, as it was included in the list of prohibited substances by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) only because of the popularity of the drug among athletes of the CIS countries”, — stated in the letter of engagement.

Before it became known that the doping test on Meldonium about the artists was positive. He explained that he took the drug according to doctor’s recommendation in June of last year during training camps in the Moscow region. In August the Russians skeleton Anna Wicik said that Meldonium is included in the list of drugs banned for use by athletes. After that, according to Kulikov, he Meldonium did not accept. The athlete pleaded not guilty.

Caught on Melidoni athlete Mutko told about the reason for his ban

Pavel Kulikov on the world Cup bobsleigh and skeleton in Konigssee, Germany, December 2015.

World anti-doping Agency (WADA) included Meldonium in the list of banned drugs because of its popularity among athletes of the CIS countries. This statement was made by Russian striker Pavel Kulikov, in an open letter to the Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, reports “R-Sport”.

“Came for the doping test of Latvian doping officer, representing the British anti-doping Agency, told me that in recent time we found many cases of use of Meldonium, as it was included in the list of prohibited substances by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) only because of the popularity of the drug among athletes of the CIS countries”, — stated in the letter of engagement.

Before it became known that the doping test on Meldonium about the artists was positive. In the letter Mutko, the athlete explained that he took the drug on medical advice of the Russian national skeleton Anna Vicik in June last year during training camps in the Moscow region. Kulikov noted that “at the time the drug was approved for use and used by a doctor to strengthen heart muscle”.

In August, Vucic said Meldonium from 1 January 2016 included in the list of drugs banned for use by athletes. After that, according to Kulikov, he Meldonium did not accept. The athlete pleaded not guilty.

In early March used Melidoni caught several Russian athletes. Among them is tennis player Maria Sharapova, skater Ekaterina Bobrova, swimmer Yuliya Efimova and others.

According to the latest data, in the use of Meldonium caught about 120 athletes worldwide. Among them, 27 Russians, said Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko.